Innsbruck Olympia SkiWorld

Innsbruck Olympia SkiWorld lets you stay in the beautiful historic city of Innsbruck, and commute by bus or car to 9 different ski areas that surround it: Nordkette, Patscherkofel, Axamer Lizum, Muttereralm, Kühtai, Glungezer, Schlick 2000, Oberperfuss/Rangger Köpflnd, and the snowsure Stubai Glacier.

Innsbruck’s location is a natural crossroads in the Alps. Just to the South of it is the Brenner Pass connecting Italy to the rest of Europe, whilst East to West lies the strategic Inn Valley. It's therefore not surprising that the city's history dates back to Roman times, or that its still thriving university was founded in 1669. If the Alps has an intellectual and cultural capital, this is it - a place where Hapsburg imperial buildings are framed by snowy mountain tops, and where even a ski jump can be designed by a world famous architect (Zaha Hadid) and made into art.

Innsbruck therefore offers skiers and boarders a very different winter holiday experience from a normal ski resort. From the airport, the transfer to your accommodation (by bus or taxi) should only take about 15 minutes, so you can arrive in the morning, spend the afternoon skiing, then instead of the normal apres-ski, you could visit ancient churches or cutting-edge art galleries, or just stroll around the traffic-free historic centre, browsing the high-end shops and stopping off in a traditional beer keller or café or one of the many student bars, before moving onto a high-class restaurant.

But you should not stay up too late if you are to get the best out of the skiing, because there is a lot of it, and certainly enough to keep most holiday makers entertained for a week. Stubai is one of the best glacier resorts in the world and fully deserves its separate entry in the Ultimate-Ski guide. On the way to Stubai, and too often bypassed, is Schlick 2000Nordkette is the closest ski area to the city: in fact you can even walk to its base station from some parts of the city. There are some gentle pistes here but it's known for the freeriding on its steep, North-facing slopes. There is also freeriding at Axamer Lizum Olympia Park and Kühtai but these are modern high-altitude resorts, with mostly intermediate-friendly pistes. Oberperfuss/Rangger Köpfl and the Muttereralm Playground are oriented towards children - especially beginners. Patscherkofel and Glungezer are small, quiet resorts with a just a handful of lifts and runs.

There are free ski buses from the city to all these ski areas. And alpine skiing is not the only sport on offer when you get there. Mutteraralm has almost as many toboggan runs as ski runs, Glungeezer is a major centre for cross-country skiing, and there are plenty of ice rinks all around. Nor is skiing purely a day-time activity. There is after-dark floodlit skiing at one or two of Innsbruck's ski areas every niight of the week except Sundays. So Innsbruck's many historical, cultural and culinary attractions might not get the attention they deserve after all. 

Innsbruck Ski and Board hire

There are ski equipment rental shops in town and at the various resorts. You can save money by hiring through ALPINRESORTS.COM which works with a number of the shops and rewards people who book online in advance with significant discounts. See shop locations and current special offers here. SKISET also has outlets and gives discounts if you book online here.  

Where to stay in Innsbruck?

Grand Hotel Europa 5-star
Romantik Hotel Schwarzer Adler 4-star 
Hotel Sailer 4-star  
Hotel Innsbruck 4-star       
Hotel Goldener Adler Innsbruck 4-star    
Hotel Maximilian Stadthaus Penz Innsbruck 4-star
Nala Individuellhotel Innsbruck
The Penz Hotel Innsbruck 4-star       
Austria Trend Hotel Congress Innsbruck 4-star
Hilton Innsbruck 4-star
Hotel Grauer Bär Innsbruck 4-star
Hotel Kapeller Innsbruck 3-star      
Weisses Rössl Innsbruck 3-star 
Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli 3-star          
Hotel Goldene Krone Innsbruck 3-star
aDLERS Hotel Innsbruck   
Gasthof zum Schupfen Innsbruck
Haus der Begegnung nr Innsbruck
Schloss Igls nr Innsbruck
Sporthotel Igls 4-star nr Innsbruck

Innsbruck Pros & Cons

+ Wonderful historic city and nine diverse ski areas
+ Just 15 minutes from airport to city centre
+ Efficient free ski bus services during the day
+ Breathtaking views of city from Nordkette
+ Skiing for all abilities across a wide area
+ Extreme skiing locally at 2300m  
+ Plenty of accommodation  
+ Lots to see and do
+ Perfect for short breaks and best for grown-ups 
+ A refreshingly different "City & Ski" experience  
- Commuting to ski areas will be an issue for some
- Strong Fohn wind can cause lift closures

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Innsbruck Statistics

  • CountryAustria
  • StateTirol

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